A Chinese newspaper has published a report that Apple will start iPhone 5s production in December — as in one month from now — in order to unveil the new iPhone in early 2013, along with a new iPad and “iTV”. While this sort of rumor should be taken with a huge grain of salt, it does prompt some interesting discussion.
The report comes from the ChinaTimes, which the eternally spotty Google translates as:
Apple against Samsung quietly trial production, December edition iPhone (rumored iPhone5S) of 5 to 10 million units in the first trial production point of view, forecast massive shipment of the first quarter of next year. The industry pointed out that Apple’s new machine together, the new version of the iPhone, iPad and iTV in the first half of next year will be launched, including in low-priced products are also expected to debut, breaking Apple over the years, the practice of the year a new machine.
Not very intelligible, but you can vaguely understand what’s going on. Basically, Apple is gearing up production now for releases in the first half of 2013 — and this might be a move to prevent the shortages that have plagued the iPhone 5. However, the problem with that is that any technological advancements that are built-in now will be seen as old hat in six months when the device launches.
I wouldn’t put an awful lot of weight in reports like this, they surface pretty frequently from Asia, and are often of dubious provenance and truth. Just last week there was a report that an iPad mini with a Retina Display was already in the works. While I don’t doubt that we’ll see both of those claimed devices at some point, I’m not really seeing any evidence fro them right now.